Intermediate French Textbooks?

Anyone know of any intermediate French textbooks with lots of exercises in them?

November 18, 2018


Here are some book recommendations:

French Grammar Drills

Complete French Grammar

I like the Idiot series.

Modern French Grammar

French Wikibooks

Previous Discussion recommended the following:

Rosetta Stone Worksheet scroll down to get to the French worksheets.


November 19, 2018

At truly intermediate it is good to start listening and reading in native materials. If it is grammar you're struggling with a particular focus on grammar would be helpful though rather than a textbook

November 19, 2018

The Ultimate French Review and Practice is as intermediate as what's been listed so far; I have an older edition w/o the CD, so I don't know how good that is, but the price is low, anyway. It's about the level of Schaum's French Grammar (which has already been suggested and is fairly good). Years ago I used Thème et Variations, by Hagiwara and de Rocher, which is an excellent first- or second-year textbook, which you should be able to find used; it's a college textbook and does not have an answer key included, however. If your French really is intermediate (or if you want a challenge), take a look around to see what you can find. And, although it is not intermediate, this old Teach Yourself book you may find surprisingly useful to fill in gaps in your understanding.

November 19, 2018

Go to a college bookstore and see what they assign for 2nd-year French.

November 18, 2018

My favorite one in college was Grammaire Française by Jacqueline Ollivier. The book is written entirely in French, with the exception of a glossary in the back with English definitions.

It seems to be a lot pricier now than when I bought it (27 years ago). But you can find used older editions for pretty cheap, like these:

November 19, 2018

I would suggest trying «Joie de lire 2». It has various readings, with plenty of exercises included to test your comprehension.

November 19, 2018

I sometimes use French Verb Drills by R. de Roussy de Sales. There are many exercises and answers are given in an appendix at the end. Also you can find it for free in pdf.

You didn't ask about websites but here's one I find useful.

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November 19, 2018

I use the Schaum's Grammar book.

And Think and Read French, although it may be too easy for you, depending on your level:

I've recently discovered Calvin and Hobbes comics translated into French. I borrowed a copy from my local library, and now I'm giggling my way through it. It helps that I have a 6 year old boy ...

November 19, 2018

Are the exercises in Think and Read French just readings? I checked the preview on amazon and it seems like all it has are articles to read, but looks interesting. If it has exercises, does it provide an answer key?

November 19, 2018

It is just a series of short stories about French culture, with a glossary of some key words on the side. At the end of the chapter, there are a few questions to test comprehension. There is an app with audio for about a third of the stories, as well as a flash card game for all of the bolded words in each story.

The questions for "Un dimanche en France" are as follows:

  1. What shops might you visit on a Sunday in France?

  2. What is the typical activity and destination in this story?

  3. List some of the food enjoyed on this day.

(Yes, the questions are written solely in English. There is no answer key.)

November 19, 2018

Je voulais trouver une discussion en français, et c'était la première à apparaître. Donc, si vous pouvez lire ce texte en français et le traduire en anglais, essayez d'être le premier à répondre à la définition. Assurez-vous de ne pas utiliser Google Translate, ce serait de la triche ! Oh, et si vous utilisez Google Translate, cela se traduit différemment par des conversations que vous n'utiliseriez pas dans une conversation normale, donc, ha ! Je t'ai eu ! (You can find me posting this exact message on like a ton of different discussion) I don't know if you Danrus the creator of this iscussion will be able to reply since you're intermediate but I hope that one day or right now in the present you can!

November 19, 2018

I want to bring a discussion in french. Therefore, if you are able to read this text in french and to translate it into English, try to be the first to respond to the definition.(?) I assure you not to use Google Translate... Oh and if you use Google Translate, the translation is different than the one ones that you use in a normal conversation, therefore, ha...

Sorry, that is all I got. I am sure that it is wrong in many parts, but that was kind of fun anyway

November 19, 2018

That was pretty good, not exact but impressive!

November 19, 2018

A free and very comprehensive course is Basic French from the Foreign Service Institute ( It's in the public domain, so it's available from multiple sources. The Basic course is the most comprehensive. (Hey, it's from the government; did you expect the name to make sense.)

November 19, 2018
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